California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
About Meredith: In 2008 I decided to try my luck at ‘cross. On a whim, I entered CrossVegas and crossed the finish line with a grin on my face from ear to ear. Simply put, I was hooked. I decided I might as well give the discipline a whirl, so I joined a full-blown ‘cross team, California Giant Berry Farms. Less than 18 months later, I finished 12th at the 2010 Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic. I had the top American result on the day and was once again grinning from ear to ear. California Giant Berry Farms has since become California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized thanks to the tireless support from the California-based bike company.
I’ve just wrapped up my fourth cyclocross season and am now looking forward to a strong 2012/13 season to prepare for Cross Worlds in Louisville, Ky. My chocolate chip cookies have become a tradition at cross races. I usually bring a batch of them with me to the races… or whatever is left after I sample the cookie dough.
Hometown: Rockford, Ill.
Current residence: Boulder, Colo.
SRAM® products used: RED drive train.
Zipp® products used: 303 wheels and Service Course® bars, stem and seatpost.
Favorite SRAM product and why: RED shifters – fit well and responsive.
Favorite Zipp product and why: 303 wheels – durable and perform well in all conditions.
Do you train with a SRAM-Quarq® power meter? Yes.
What is one surprising or helpful thing you learned about yourself from training and/or racing with power? It keeps me honest. No cheating allowed!
You’re stranded on a desert island and you have to choose one of each of the following:
One album? Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
One candy? Chocolate
One vice? Isn’t chocolate a vice?!
Notable Race Results: 1st Jingle Cross, days 1 and 3;
1st CXLA Weekend, day 1 and 2
2nd USGP Bend day 1
3rd overall USGP series
11th Hoogerheide World Cup